NAIDOC Week Events

Published on Friday, 24 June 2022 at 8:55:06 AM

This year the City of Busselton will host several free events during NAIDOC Week, linking to this year’s theme, Get Up. Stand Up. Show Up.

Commencing Friday 1 July, a display of Walking on Boodja will be installed at Mitchell Park. This display is a sea of feet with reconciliation messages that have been written by the members of the public over the last few years. Take a moment to walk around and see the ‘posts’ by school students and people from all demographics.

Recently the City purchased its first painting by a First Nations artist. The work, by renowned Elder and Custodian of Wadandi/Pibulmun/Menang Country, Sandra Hill, says “This work pays homage to our ‘Dreaming’ snake, the Waugal, our creator… The shield is our protection, like the Waugal, it is a symbol of fighting for and protecting our Culture, our families and our Country.”
The artwork is exhibited adjacent to the Undalup Room in the City Administration Building.

Cassandra Bynder, a Noongar/Yamatji/Aussie woman won the Viewer’s Choice Award in the City’s Art Award this year. Her exhibition, Polychrome “presents a vision of Culture and Spirit bleeding through to our binary perspective. A blend of colourful indigenous-style marks juxtapose the muted tones of the figures.” The exhibition opens Thursday 23 June and runs until 26 July at the Courthouse, 4-6 Queen Street, Busselton.

On Monday 4 July, there are two events bringing the community together. There is a Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Tea at the City Administration Building. Here Elder Gloria Hill will welcome everyone, Cultural Custodian Shannon Clohessy will provide cultural stories about the season and Elder Dr Robert Isaacs AM, OAM will share his life story which very much relates to the theme. Busselton Library will host “Two Cultures, One Story”, an evening with Dr Robert Isaacs on the same day at 6.00pm.

Dr Isaacs, a descendant of well-known local hero, Samuel Isaacs who was involved in rescuing passengers and crew from the Georgette in 1876, is a member of the Stolen Generation. He grew up in institutions and became a rising star in the Public Service, crossing boundaries between black and white people as well as all levels of government. His book, “Two Cultures, One Story” shares his life journey which is full of compassion, commitment, integrity and hard work.

Bookings for both events are recommended via Eventbrite:

Flag Raising Ceremony and Morning Tea

Two Cultures, One Story: An Evening with Dr Robert Isaacs AM OAM

**Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes, Environment: An environment that is valued, conserved and enjoyed by current future generations.

Photo attached for general use.

Caption: Mayor Grant Henley and Elder Sandra Hill
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